Interview with Gabriel French

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When I get out of bed every day, I look at it as the possibility to be better than yesterday. Weather I make that possibility a reality depends on me and my actions. I always think that there isn't a limit on what you can do with a day, and that's the great thing about it. A simple change of perspective can turn a low into a high.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When i'm not writing, I am usually thinking, and still writing. I think about my writing and how i can sharpen the focus of them to relate my points and ideas more efficiently. Outside of that, in my leisure time, I play video games and go to school and work. In most of those things, I still usually find material that i can bring back and implement into my writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The ebooks i read are usually found through my friends and colleagues. They suggest things for me to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Honestly, i've written so much that i can't recall my first. If you want to know the first serious attempt at a complete story, that would be my book Vapos Vita. That was my first crude attempt to write an actual story with plot and characters that i hope people can relate to.
What is your writing process?
Oh jeez, my writing process is anything that gets the words on the page. I usually carry around a pocket-sized notebook with me that i can use to record any ideas that i get where ever i am. After that, I take them back home, pour a healthy dose of thought over them, refine them, and try to fit them in. I try to go for a feasible realistic approach to writing. If it really doesn't make sense, then i don't include it in a serious book, however, it usually can be added somewhere else. Everything has its place in the grand scheme of things. I also construct charts and diagrams to organize my thoughts.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I LIKED was Tom Becker's Darkside. I would say it had a great impact on me because it was written in a Gothic other-world style. It had to do with Jack the Ripper inheriting a town below London. I really enjoyed the writing and in some ways, that is present in my writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I personally don't have any e-reading devices, so i would have to say my favorite is the old reliable computer.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually not a desk. I sit at a large table in my living room. It has two large windows that provide a view of my front and back yards, both very spacious. There is also a large mirror on the wall behind me. All in all, this provides me with a lot of thinking space.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing back in High School. At the time, i wasn't sure that it was something that I wanted to seriously pursue, but as time went on, I found myself investing more time into it until i wanted to write professionally.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Vapos Vita. It has to do with a small resistance heading the charge against their authoritarian government. At the same time, it isn't really about that. I wanted to sink my teeth into developing a character driven story. It really has to do with choices that these people make and the consequences of those actions. It's also about struggles. I tried to give each character their own unique struggle. Smythe Fletcher is struggling to fill the gap left by an absent father figure and striving to gain approval from Thaddeus who he sees as more of a father than his actual father. Zeya struggles with his past and himself. He tries to separate himself from his past, and this only fuels his conflict with Daemon. Zeya is fighting against acceptance.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Just because an author isn't mainstream and doesn't reach many people, this doesn't mean that his message is any less important. Many people become indie writers, going in with the understanding that his or her works won't reach many. In this case, I think it just makes the message that much more potent for those that do end up reading it, especially if the book is a good one.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing because it's a chance to 1) preserve my thoughts in a way to be referenced, and 2)spreading a message that others can hopefully read and respond to. It's a great thing to get people to buy and read your book. It's even better knowing that your writing effected someone.
What do your fans mean to you?
Right now, I don't have fans. I'm only just taking off in my writing, however, I would say that I hope for my fans to be people that actually take my book, read it, and gain something of experience for having read it.
What are you working on next?
Next, I plan on working on the next installment for Vapos Vita. I plan on developing the story more, at least to the point where the main problem is addressed. There will be time for spin offs after that.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Becker is one of the main authors that I enjoy.
Published 2014-10-21.
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Books by This Author

Vapos Vita
You set the price! Words: 76,540. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the land of Teravapos, an authoritarian government lead by the High Council rules over the world with an iron fist. Follow Smythe Fletcher, Amelia, Zeya, and the rest of the resistance as they attempt to separate themselves from the government and, eventually, overthrow them. This is a tale of personal struggles, triumphs, and redemption.